Officers: Good neighbor helped catch burglars

Jul. 15, 2013 @ 08:55 PM

Thomasville police have arrested two men and are looking for another who they say they found breaking into an elderly man’s home Saturday night.
Police say they found one man hiding in the basement bathroom. The other they say they caught outside the house. Both men were wearing latex gloves, police said.
Police charged Luis Alfredo Barrera, 18, of Plaza Hollow Drive in Winston-Salem and Luis Angel Rosado, 30, of Cannon Street in Thomasville with second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools.
Officers responded to W. Holly Hill Road at 10:11 p.m. after a neighbor called 911 and reported seeing suspicious activity at the house.
The first officer arrived to find two men at the back of the home. He arrested Barrera while another man ran away. Officers said Barrera had a crowbar and Rosado was hiding in a basement bathroom.
“The officers did a great job responding quickly to the call to catch these guys in action,” said Det. Sgt. Brad Saintsing. “The owner of the home was not there at the time but has said that nothing is missing.”
Police found the back door open.
Barrera received a $20,000 secured bond and Rosado received a $25,000 secured bond. Both were placed in the Davidson County Jail with a court date of Aug. 21 in Thomasville.
Police are looking for a third suspect in the robbery.
“We are still working to identify him,” Saintsing said.
Saintsing said the department encourages the community to watch out for each other while staying safe.
“These arrests were the culmination of a vigilant citizen who was looking out for a neighbor and the quick response of the officers,” Saintsing said. “This is an example of the residents being the eyes and ears of law enforcement and reporting suspicious activity that prevented the loss of property.”
If anyone has any information about the crime, they can contact Crimestoppers at 336-476-8477. | 888-3657